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Interview: Sanjay Kumar, DG, NDRF, on Kerala Floods

Unprecedented monsoon rains in Kerala this year caused the worst flooding the State has seen in more than a century. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deployed 58 teams in the State thus making it the Force's biggest rescue and relief operation so far, bringing succour to the flood-affected people. Shri Sanjay Kumar, Director General, NDRF, talks about the role his people played in Kerala.
Q.  What were the focus areas during the operation?
A. Even as news about the incessant rains and consequent flooding began to trickle in, NDRF pre-positioned its teams and continued to increase their number as the situation worsened. A total of 58 teams were deployed across 10 districts primarily to rescue and evacuate people. NDRF saved more than 550 lives directly and evacuated around 18,000 people. We also provided medical assistance to the sick and needy victims. Our people worked 24X7 to track the incommunicado and inform their fam…
Kerala Floods
An extraordinary monsoon season. Lots of rain. Landslides, collapsing structures, falling trees, disrupted communication, ...  A flooded Kerala battling a one-in-a-hundred years situation.
More than 54 lakh people were affected across all the 14 districts of the State. Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan described the situation as unprecedented. There was no time to lose. While the State machinery was working 24X7 to mitigate the impact of the disaster, the Centre too left no stone unturned to bring respite to its people in Kerala. 

The Armed Forces, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Coast Guard, and stakeholder Ministries and Departments of the Central Government worked hand-in-hand to smoothly conduct the rescue and relief operations. While more than 2,80,000 persons were evacuated, more than 14 lakh people were brought to around 5,600 relief camps. Essentials such as food packets, clothes, bedsheets, blankets, candles, mat…
Kiren Rijiju on #AMCDRR2018

India's delegation to AMCDRR 2018 was led by Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State, Home Affairs. Aapda Samvaad spoke with Shri Rijiju, who is also the Asia Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to understand India's perspective on regional and global DRR landscape.

Q. Tell us about your experience at AMCDRR 2018.

A. The journey from AMCDRR 2016, which was held in New Delhi, to Ulaanbaatar this year has been a wonderful experience. A lot of progress has been made in different areas of DRR during these years. The AMCDRR 2018 gave a new impetus to our efforts towards the same.
The targets enshrined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 are closely linked with the Sustainable Development Goals. These can be achieved only if we mitigate losses - both in terms of lives and livelihoods, create resilient infrastructure, and equip ourselves to deal with the imminent impacts of disasters and climate change. Towards these…
India at #AMCDRR2018

Asian Ministerial Conferences on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is a regional platform in Asia aimed at creating, sustaining and strengthening shared political commitments towards DRR in the region. A biennial conference, it has been jointly organised by different Asian countries and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) since 2005.
Disasters, more often than not, affect communities separated by political boundaries. This means that the efforts of nations towards disaster risk reduction are connected with as well as inter-dependent on each other. This spirit of interconnectedness and cooperation have remained a constant theme in the global frameworks for DRR with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA 2005-2015) and its successor, the Sendai Framework (2015-2030), vouching for it.
One platform to further this spirit of cooperation is the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). The second AMCDRR after the SFDRR was h…